Away Days - Travel Guide: Norwich City vs. Cardiff City
The Bluebirds will be on their travels again this weekend as Neil Warnock’s men take on the Canaries at Carrow Road.
Located in Norfolk, East Anglia, the car journey from CCS to Carrow Road will take approximately four and a half hours, via the M4, M25, M11 and A11. Please note that road closures will be in operation around the stadium, whilst local street parking is only available for resident permit holders. Furthermore, parking in the nearby Morrison’s supermarket is reserved for customers only. One recommended car park is at Norfolk County Hall, which is fifteen minute walk from the ground.
The journey by train from Cardiff Central could take up to six and a half hours and involves changing in London. After making the journey to London Paddington, supporters would need to take the Underground or London Buses to Liverpool Street Station in order to catch the Greater Anglia service to Norwich. From Norwich Station, the stadium is ten minutes away on foot. Further travel tips can be found within Norwich City's handy away supporter guide!
Carrow Road has an overall capacity of 27,244, which makes it the fourteenth largest ground in the division. The club’s matchday programme, OTBC, is priced at £3.50, and is available from vendors outside the stadium or from the Canaries Official Store.
City fans will be located in the far right-hand corner of the South Stand, using blocks F, G and H. The away entrance is near to the Holiday Inn hotel, which is at the corner of the stadium. The away end has a capacity of around 2,500, and tickets are still available for this fixture, with all information available here.
Pies and Pints
A range of matchday meal deals are on offer at the away end kiosk, including a Pie and a Soft Drink for £4, or with a Beer or Cider for £5.50. A hot dog and any hot drink costs just £4.50 whilst a deal for three Beers or Ciders costs £11. The alcohol available comes in the form of Carling, Stowford Press Cider or Worthington’s.
There are several ‘away fan friendly’ pubs close to the ground, including the Prince of Wales, which is five minutes away from Norwich Station, and the Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road. Please be aware that some venues, including the Compleat Angler (which used to admit away supporters) are for home fans only.
Food for Thought
The stadium is located next to the Riverside Retail Park, which houses many shops, cafes and restaurants. For those looking for a quick bite before or after the match, you will find classic chains like Nando’s and Pizza Hut, with independent eateries such as Riverbank Chinese Buffet or the rare Coast To Coast.
With celebrity chef Delia Smith as the club’s majority shareholder, it is no surprise to see two restaurants within the Carrow Road complex. Fine dining and three course meals are the specialties at Delia’s Restaurant and Bar, with recipes inspired by Smith herself. Alternatively, Yellows Bar and Restaurant is only open on matchdays, serving more traditional football food.
For those spending time in Norwich over the weekend, there are plenty of other tourist attractions available besides our clash with the Canaries. The Norwich Lanes are a series of alleyways and open communal spaces, first famous for their architecture but now for thriving shops, cafes and bars. Norwich Cathedral is also renowned for its design, dating back over 800 years.
For anyone hoping to get out and about in the local area, The Riverside Walk is a great way to see some of Norwich’s sights in just under two miles. Further afield, head to Great Yarmouth for a sun-shining spot; a popular tourist destination since the late 1700’s.